Bachelor of Arts in Music Education-Instrumental: Brass, Woodwind, Percussion, or Strings Initial Program - Leads to Initial Teacher Licensure

Overview: Earn Your Degree in Music Education

Grand Canyon University (GCU) can help you succeed as a music teacher in 21st century music classrooms. The Bachelor of Arts in Music Education Instrumental: Brass, Woodwind, Percussion or Strings is offered through the College of Fine Arts and Production in conjunction with the College of Education, and is designed for students interested in teaching music or instrumental conducting.

The music education for instrumental brass, woodwind, percussion or stings program encompasses teaching, music theory, history and performance with a focus on collaboration and composition. Contemporary music education, teaching strategies, training K-12 students in instrumental or vocal performance and your own music practicum experiences are merged in the program so you learn to meet the varying needs of elementary and secondary education schools. In this program, courses in teaching, history and music theory logically progress toward more advanced concepts to provide you with an advanced study of instrumental techniques for strings, brass, percussion, clarinet, saxophone, flute and more. Study classroom technology and assessment strategies before applying them during your required student teaching component.

Curriculum in the music education program aligns with the standards of the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) and the Interstate Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (InTASC), preparing you for K-12 music teacher licensure.

Degree Outcomes: Teaching and Music Conducting Curriculum

The Bachelor of Arts in Music Education Instrumental: Brass, Woodwind, Percussion or Strings program helps you enhance your creative talents as you prepare for elementary- or secondary-level teaching. Public recitals, private instruction and concerts throughout the program enhance your own stage performance and musical abilities before applying them as a teacher toward students. In conjunction with the College of Education, you also learn how to execute and lead classroom instruction for elementary and secondary schools. The combination of music knowledge, performance and teaching concepts for music education creates skills that can help you succeed by matching purpose with passion to become a 21st century educator.

What You Will Learn: Instrumental Music Education Coursework

In this program, you are expected to master the following competencies:

  • Band literature and conducting
  • Music instruction methods and assessment
  • Instrumental techniques for various instruments
  • Collaborative music ensembles
  • Educational psychology

Career Outcomes: Careers in Music Education

The instrument education program helps prepare you for a future in K-12 music education. Before graduating from the bachelors in music education program, you will receive training and guidance to pursue teacher certification within any K-12 setting. This certification allows you to act as a band or music instructor in a private or public school.

This program is offered in the following formats or locations:

Main Campus

Enjoy Grand Canyon University\'s traditional campus experience. As of fall 2014, our 179-acre campus serves a growing student population of approximately 11,000. New modern classrooms, suite-style residence halls, popular dining options, resort-style swimming pools and a focus on creating a rich student life make GCU a top choice for high school graduates and transfer students.

On-campus program disclosures      

* Please refer to the Academic Catalog for more information. Program subject to change.